Immigrant job seekers gained valuable insight into the newcomer career journey through insider job search tips and client success stories during the first Skills Connect for Immigrants Client Appreciation and Networking event Wednesday evening in Vancouver.
“Feedback from attendees and presenters has been overwhelmingly positive expressing appreciation for this special event that brought so much encouragement and support for newcomers to Canada involved in the job search process,” said Carol Cordeiro, Employer Relations Specialist for ISSofBC’s Skills Connect for Immigrants program.
The employer panel included representatives from ICBC, TD Canada Trust, Angusone Professional Recruitment, RBC, and Paul Alexander Talent Management Consultants. The panelists offered advice on a variety of job search topics and shared current labour market conditions and sectors expected to experience growth.
The additional panel of former Skills Connect clients was a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from recent newcomers about their career journey in Canada and the factors that led to their ultimate employment success. The panel included Rodrigo Porto, Manager, MBA Careers, Sauder School of Business, UBC; Irene Quan, Corporate Communications Manager, Tom Lee Music; Cyrus Shahriari, Business Analyst, Health Shared Services BC; and Danubio Aguiar, Cost Analyst, BC Hydro.
Following the panel discussions, attendees moved to the informal part of the evening with a networking activity grouped by employment sector which helped launch valuable conversations and connections among attendees.
ISSofBC’s Skills Connect for Immigrants program hosted the special event July 31, at the Creekside Community Centre. Skills Connect for Immigrants holds a weekly information session every Wednesday followed by one-on-one pre-screenings with employment counsellors.